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Standard Average European (was: case system)

From:Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>
Date:Thursday, April 10, 2008, 16:45
On Wed, 9 Apr 2008 14:08:04 -0400, Ph. D. <phil@...>
>Mark J. Reed wrote: >> Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote: >>> I rather assume that Campbell has fallen back into SAE thinking here. >> SAE? Standard American English? >"Standard Average European," i.e. Romance and Germanic. >This term is used quite a bit in discussions of Gode's Interlingua. >--Ph. D.
"Standard Average European" is the name of a sprachbund or linguistic area. In linguistics the usual meaning of that phrase, when it has a formal meaning, is that sprachbund. The SAE sprachbund is "_genetically_" diverse; that is, it contains members of several linguistic families. It runs through both the northern and southern borders of the continent of Europe. However, the western "border" of the sprachbund is somewhat east of the western border of Europe, and the eastern "border" of the sprachbund is somewhat west of the eastern border of the continent. ("Border" is in quotes because the boundary is fuzzy, and has enclaves and exclaves.) If I remember correctly, English and Maltese are "marginal members" of the SAE sprachbund. Also, if I remember correctly, Eastern Celtic languages are in the SAE but Western Celtic languages aren't. Does anyone have better details about what's in and what isn't in the SAE linguistic area? And, does anyone have any information on what the areal features of these languages are?